2010 Kistler Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard

Year: 2010
Appellation: Carneros
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 95
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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"Offering rich layers of honeydew melon, apricot, fig and hazelnut, this is sleek and focused, gaining depth and maintaining a persistent aftertaste. Drink now through 2018." (WS)

"Ash, smoke, crushed rocks and white flowers jump from the 2010 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard. A wine of total grace and purity, the 2010 wraps around the palate with gorgeous intensity. Here the aromas take on shades of white orchard fruit. White flowers and a drop of French oak add lift and volume on the seamless, inviting finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.

It is always a pleasure to visit with Steve Kistler and his partner Mark Bixler. The 2011s and 2010s are excellent across the board, although I currently have a preference for the 2011s. Vintage 2011 is shaping up beautifully, for both the Chardonnays and Pinots. As was the case throughout the region, the season was cool and slow to develop. The 2011s were picked at lower sugars than is the norm here, but very much in keeping with the personality of the year. Steve Kistler commented that a poor set in 2011 resulted in their lowest crop loads in years. Like a lot of his colleagues, Kistler noted that the experiences of 2010 had a huge positive impact on how he responded to similar challenges in 2011. The 2010 Chardonnays are beautiful across the board. Although solid, the 2010 Pinots aren’t quite at the level of the superb 2009s and I expect, ultimately, the 2011s. It was a tough vintage for the Pinots. Yields were mercilessly low. Sadly, there is no Cuvee Elizabeth, as the little fruit that came in went into the Kistler Vineyard bottling." (WA)

"($75) Green-tinged yellow. Precise aromas of orange zest, fresh pineapple, iodine, white flowers and smoky lees. Spicy, high-pitched and penetrating, with palate-staining citrus and orchard fruit flavors and pronounced minerality. Shows outstanding tension and focus on the long, smoke- and floral-accented finish." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Green-tinged pale yellow. Wonderfully high-pitched aromas of iodine, crushed rocks, and stone fruits. A rich, intensely flavored and profound wine that manages to stay light on its feet at all times. Bright acids lead to a minerally finish that seems to expand in every direction. Delicious.

Sourced since 1994. Located in the southwestern reaches of Napa County, where a rare mix of volcanic and marine sediment soils meet to produce a wine of depth and elegance, often touched with high pitched tones of iodine, and an oyster shell like minerality.